Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wonderful Counselor


 













 
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV).
I am a counselor. Counseling is very popular today. Counselors are paid a lot of money for their time. Good pastoral counselors are not easy to find but they are desperately needed.  Professional Counselors as good as they may be are generally not pastors. In fact the counseling pastor is basically extinct. The word biblical counselor can mean all kinds of things. As I have said before many times, there are some who make a point of being biblical counselors, who do not have a shepherd’s heart. They run rough shod over the weak and the depressed. It was not so of our Lord. He was full of grace and truth.   But here the Hebrew speaking prophetically of the God/Man calls Him a Counselor. The Hebrew word means, to advise, to consult, to counsel, sometimes, to counsel together.  It is used eighty times in the Old Testament.

Read Psalm 16:17, Romans 11:33-35.
Christ is the final revelation of God
One aspect of Christ being a Counselor is that in the New Testament and in Christ Himself; we have the final revelation of God. This can be seen in the book of Revelation of which the apostle John says: The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants-things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. (Revelation 1:1-3). If want to be a biblical counselor you need to know two books the Bible and the human heart. The Bible is the special revelation and the human heart is part of his general revelation. There are far too many Christian counselors who are so in name only. Read the Bible through and through and understand what it means. The word of God tells us that we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). How do you express what is on your mind? You do it by words of the language that you speak.
Jesus Christ is called the Word of God. Christ reveals the true nature of the Father to us by His Spirit through his word . A couple of Scriptures help us understand this: They are found in the book of John, who also wrote the book of Revelation. In John 1:1-2, John tell us: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made .
In John 1:18 it says, for the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him (NKJV).

Christ is the Cornerstone, the apostles and prophets, its foundation.
In another Scripture which is found the book of Ephesians, 2:19-22, Paul tells us that Christ’s apostles and prophets were the foundation of the church and this foundation was built on Jesus Christ who in Scripture is called the Cornerstone. Paul states, So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
We no longer have apostles and prophets today.
They laid the foundation of miracles, signs and revelatory gifts. But we are the building of God. The moment we are saved we become part of the building and the body of Christ. Through the Holy Spirit had the revelation God breathed through them, so that the New Testament like the old is the inerrant word of God.

The  Father speaks to us in the last day in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Listen to the writer of Hebrews, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace Turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory grace (Thanks to Alejandra for these lyrics) From Lyrics Mania
 
 

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